SA U23s face defending champs


The SA U-23 national team has been drawn in a tough Group B of the Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament scheduled to take place in Egypt from 8-22 November 2019.

David Notoane’s side will face Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia and the defending champions, Nigeria, while Group A drew hosts Egypt, Mali and debutants Cameroon and Ghana.

The draw took place at the Haramlek Palace in the iconic Montaza Complex in Alexandria on Wednesday.

Group A will play their games at the Cairo International Stadium and Group B at the Al Salam Stadium.

The top three teams at the tournament will qualify to represent Africa at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Under Owen Da Gama, South Africa finished among the top three in the AFCON held in Senegal to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations is held every four years and showcases some of African football’s emerging talents while also acting as a qualifier for the Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Group A:

Egypt, Mali, Cameroon, Ghana

Group B:

Nigeria, Cote d’ivoire, South Africa, Zambia.

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